Now This is Old School
Ahhh… I’ve been away on a much-needed trip to visit friends, take a photography workshop, and delve into a bit of rest and relaxation. Despite getting sick while on my trip (Why does the body do that? It’s like it senses you have stepped away from work for just a moment, and then the sickness strikes. UGH.), I had a really lovely time. I’m so very grateful for the time I got to spend really connecting with my friend, Hillary, as well as growing other friendships. The week seemed to melt away and the visit was over all too quickly.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back when the trip came together and I knew I would be visiting the Bay Area, I remembered missing out on visiting Photobooth SF during my last trip to California in 2011. Then, as I mentally put Photobooth SF on the list of things to do during my upcoming visit, I remembered that they shoot tintypes. Tintypes! OMG. I knew I
wanted needed to get my tintype taken while I had the opportunity. I got online right away and scheduled my photo session. I was not missing out this time around.
Tintypes are classic, old-school photography done through a wet-process. This type of imagery was what photography was back in the 1800s. The tintypes are created on metal plates and are the very definition of one-of-a-kind photographs. Not many folks are creating tintypes these days (and you thought film was old-school and behind the times!), so you can see why I jumped on this chance to have my photograph captured via tintype.
The entire process at Photobooth SF was incredible. The two folks working that day, Nathan and Kari, were so warm and welcoming. They certainly made my friends and I feel comfortable as we perused the store (they sell Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE film, Lomography cameras, and other photography-related items), and as I prepared for my shoot. Kari was the photographer prepping and taking the tintypes that day, and she was simply a gem to work with. She helped me relax in front of the camera and pose in a way to achieve the look I was going for. Kari also let me come back in the darkroom and watch the developing of my image unfold. Such a treat.
Thank you to Kari at Photobooth SF for a great portrait session. If you’re ever in San Francisco, I encourage you to run and get your tintype taken. You won’t regret it.